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Michael Zwiebach

Michael Zwiebach is the senior editor/ content manager for SFCV. He assigns all articles and content, manages the writing staff and does editing. A member of SFCV from the beginning, Michael holds a Ph.D. in music history from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Artist Spotlight
August 26, 2014

New Century Chamber Orchestra brings in a major name in Derek Bermel, their featured composer for the season. He’s a composer worth getting to know in a serious way.

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Playlist
April 9, 2014

Perk up your body and spirit with this playlist welcoming spring.

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Editorial
April 8, 2014

As more women dare to put themselves forward in the realm of music, arts organizations — those which are not so self-destructive as to ignore the talent of half the planet’s musicians — will begin to hand them the baton more often.

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News Report
April 1, 2014

With great pleasure, San Francisco Classical Voice announces the winner of its second Music Educator Award: Randy Porter, music director of Westlake Middle School in Oakland.

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March 27, 2014
He’s never quite had the popularity of Mozart, let alone Beethoven, but ...
Playlist
March 27, 2014

Paris has seen a lot of Aprils come and go: Here are songs that have accompanied some of those hopeful springs.

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Playlist
March 20, 2014

This month marks the 300th anniversary of a composer you’ll love, if you don’t already know his music.

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Playlist
March 13, 2014

Neoclassical heavy metal? Shredded Mendelssohn? We have all the great bombastic classics, and a few new suggestions as well.

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March 6, 2014
Almost every piece Ravel wrote is commonly played, a tribute to the composer’s genius and the care he took with each score ... a composer who also gives hope to B-students everywhere.
Playlist
March 6, 2014

A couple of days have passed since the actual Mardi Gras celebration, but that won’t stop us from putting out our Mardi Gras/ Carnival playlist.

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Playlist
February 27, 2014

Here’s a playlist of some famous “alla Turca” classics, alongside Turkish music — a mutual influence that continues to this day.

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February 27, 2014
There are so many ways to celebrate opera composer Gioacchino Rossini, who was born in a leap year, had a famously snarky wit, and was also a foodie.
February 20, 2014
On Sunday, we commemorate G.F. Handel’s birthday: Whether to say Georg Friedrich (German) or George Frideric (English), that is the question. Born in Halle, Germany, where a yearly festival of his m...
Playlist
February 20, 2014

Although the Hollywood movie industry relies more than ever on huge budget action movies, the movies nominated for best score of 2013 have a much less adrenaline-pumping, ear-splitting character. Here are nominees.

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February 13, 2014
John Adams, this week’s birthday boy, belies the usual stereotypes about composers. Vigorous, worldly, engaged, conversant with a wide swath of culture and cultural activities, he is no ivory-tower ...
Playlist
February 13, 2014

Music is front and center in the Winter Olympics from the opening ceremonies to the figure skating programs that are one of the games’ major draws. Here are some musical highlights from the Sochi Games.

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February 6, 2014
If you’re from my generation, composer John Williams provided part of the soundtrack of your youth. Even now, his scores and themes to the Star Wars trilogies, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Sup...
Playlist
February 6, 2014

Celebrate the Chinese New Year with this SFCV playlist for the Year of the Horse.

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January 30, 2014
Last Tuesday was Mozart’s birthday and Friday is the big day for yet another Viennese wunderkind: Franz Schubert. If it’s possible to imagine, Schubert wrote more individual compositions and lived...
Playlist
January 30, 2014

In memory of the late Pete Seeger, here’s a playlist that explores the back-and-forth between classical, written music and the folk-music it is indebted to.

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